Book Review: Lies (TM Logan) @TMLoganAuthor @BonnierZaffre

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When Joe Lynch sees his wife going into a hotel during the middle of the afternoon, his curiosity gets the best of him and he follows her in. After seeing her in an altercation with a family friend, Ben, he comes to her defence and ends up taking part in a brawl. When Joe’s son has an asthma attack during this argument, Joe makes the quick decision to leave and take his son to safety. After this, Joe is filled with guilt about the fight and tries to apologise to Ben. But Ben is missing. And Joe is a suspect.

Lies, the newest psychological thriller by TM Logan, takes readers on a path of secrets and revenge. I read this one as a buddy read with Danielle at The Blonde Likes Books (you can check out her review here). I found this novel to be fast- paced and complex; this plot had me hooked from the first pages.

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Sitting Down with Sarah Denzil: Author of Silent Child Q&A @sarahdenzil #authorq&a

Thrilled to have Sarah Denzil as a guest on Clues and Reviews today!  Her novel, Silent Child, was amazing!  If you missed my review you can check that out here.  Keep reading to find out Sarah’s writing process, why type of research goes into writing a novel like Silent Child and about life in general!

 

Silent Child tackles all sorts of tough subject matter surrounding the loss of a child, child abduction and relationships. What type of research goes into writing a novel like this?

Right from the beginning, I felt like I knew Emma, so I approached the book from knowing that character. I did browse a few forums about parenting to get the feel of being a mum, but there isn’t much to research when it comes to suffering a loss and then that person returning, that was a very unique experience, so I tried to put myself in Emma’s shoes and feel what she would feel.

 In Silent Child, Aidan has no narrative voice until the very end.   What made you make this decision?

I wanted the focus to be on Emma because I wanted readers to experience everything with Emma and sympathise with her situation. But I knew that Aiden needed to tell some of his story at the end. I wanted his voice to be heard in the same way Emma wanted desperately to hear Aiden’s voice.

 Are there any sections that you decided to edit out of Silent Child?

Actually, no! I tend to write my first drafts as the skeleton of the story and then I flesh it out with rewriting. I tend to add more in than I take out when editing.

 Why did you decide to start writing psychological thrillers?

 It was really the new wave of psychological thrillers that caught my attention, books like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Before then I hadn’t read many thrillers because the action didn’t really appeal to me, but the psychology of the characters did. I studied psychology at university, so human nature is very interesting to me. I love writing suspense that focuses around ordinary men and women thrown into exceptional, and often disturbing, circumstances. I’ve always been drawn to the dark side of literature, but in the past I’ve been more interested in paranormal suspense. That’s something I’d like to do in the future – write some paranormal books as well as the thrillers.

If Silent Child were to be optioned as a film, which actors/actresses would you cast as the leads?

First of all I’d lift my jaw from the floor.  Emily Blunt did such a fantastic job in The Girl On The Train. I think she’d be great as Emma. David Morrissey from The Walking Dead would be the perfect Jake. Tom Hardy would be amazing as Rob, and for Josie I’d have Olivia Coleman.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I’d love to say that after four years of publishing books it gets easier to read a bad review, but it doesn’t! I just remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, that art is subjective, and that every single book out there has a one star review. As long as there are some good reviews in the mix, I’m happy. I try not to read them too much, but of course my eye skims over them when I’m checking my rankings.

What does your writing process look like?  Are you a consistent writer?  Is it more sporadic?  Do you make an outline?  Go with the flow? Does writing energize or exhaust you?

If there’s something on my mind, I find it hard to write, but most of the time I manage to sit down and get some words out. I do tend to outline, but sometimes I go with the flow as well. When I’m into the writing I can sit and write for hours, but it always needs a good edit afterwards because I tend to write quickly. I find writing really relaxing, but after writing more than 2-3000 words, I am quite drained. It’s definitely a mental workout!

 What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

 Oh, I’m definitely a TV addict. I’ve only just started watching Breaking Bad (I know, I lived under a rock for a while!) but it’s great. I love complex characters and good writing. Like most writers, I love any medium that involves a story, whether it’s in a book, a TV programme, a movie or a video game.

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Silent Child (Sarah A. Denzil) @sarahdenzil

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Emma, a young mother, is devastated when her son drowns during a terrible flood. His body is never recovered and Emma is consumed with grief. Ten years later, Emma has adjusted to a new life; she is married, pregnant and feels at peace. Until, suddenly, Aidan returns.   He cannot speak, he cannot tell anyone where he has been for the past ten years; his body tells a story of abuse. Emma, her life turned upside down, begins to try and reconnect with her teenage son and uncover the truth surrounding his disappearance.

I started this novel in the midst of a book slump. Turns out the cure for such a slump is this book!

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BEHIND THE BLOG: MEET THE BLOGGER SERIES- Julie from Novel Thrills and Chills @noveltandc

Ever wonder about the person behind the blog?  I mentioned back in January (here) that I would be starting a Meet the Blogger series.  This series will feature some of my favourite bloggers as we go behind the scenes and have them answer the questions!

Next up is Julie from Novel Thrills and Chills

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 Why did you decide to join the world of book blogging? 

When I got into reading I found myself talking to my boyfriend about everything that was going on in the book along with what I was processing through my head. I love talking to him about my books and he does a great job at acting like he’s as interested as me but I know his secrets! After talking with him, I still would just have this feeling that I didn’t get everything off of my chest about the books I was reading so I started blogging! 
 What have been your favourite and least favourite parts of being a book blogger?
I love writing, so my most favorite thing about book blogging itself would be to be able to express my words and thoughts freely and as my own. But as a blogging community, I love all of the beautiful souls I have met and not just from blogging but through twitter and instagram (bookstagram) too!! I don’t think I have a least favorite part about blogging. My reading speed on the other hand… that’s an issue! Ha. I’d love to read a lot faster with a lot more time to do so!

What have been your 3 favourite books to review since you started book blogging?

1. YOU by Caroline Kepnes 

This book was so fun and psychotic that it made it more enjoyable to write about since I fell in the love with the stalker!

2. The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins did great with this read. I have never been so back and forth between characters before in a story that it made it so easy for me to devour the book!

3. While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

Croft left me speechless. And there is nothing better than being left speechless after a novel!

Have you always been a reader? If not, what got you into reading?

I have not always been a reader. I loved books growing up as a child and through grade school but when I hit college, I went to school full time and worked 40 hour weeks. I never really had the time and looking back it makes me really sad because I feel like I’ve missed out for quite awhile! About 3 years ago a friend of mine told me about a Colleen Hoover book and said that I should really try and make time to read it. So over that summer I did and I haven’t stopped reading since! 

Now the impossible question…what are some of your favourite books?

Ooh, this is tough. My favorite genre would definitely be the thriller/crime fiction but if I had to choose favorite books….

I really love The Helen Grace Series by M.J. Arlidge.

YOU by Caroline Kepnes is a top favorite.

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Anything Colleen Hoover – She really hits me with all the feels and I like it!

 

Find Julie on her social media:

Blog: novelthrillsandchillsreview.wordpress.com

Instagram: novelthrillsandchills

Twitter: @noveltandc

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/30743797-Julie